Doreen Manuel

Doreen is the sixth child of Grand Chief Dr. George Manuel and Marceline Manuel. Doreen is a graduate of the Aboriginal Film and Television Diploma Program (AFTP) at Capilano University. She has an extensive background working in First Nations education and community development in both rural and urban centers. Doreen comes from a long line of oral historians and factual storytellers from her First Nations traditional background. She has experience directing for television and as the Canadian Correspondent for the Native Heartbeat and Northwest Indian News both USA Native American TV news magazine programs; she is the owner operator of Running Wolf Productions; and the Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University. She is the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Medal Award for academic excellence for her studies in AFTP; and Women in Film & Television, Leadership in Education Award.


* A Babe in the Woods



In Development

* The George Manuel Story


Doreen has been tanning hides and creating leatherwork and beadwork for 38 years. Traditionally trained by her Ktunaxa grandmother Mary Paul and mother Marceline Manuel, Doreen enjoys taking on exciting, challenging projects. Lately she has been beading solid beaded converse running shoes with her intricate designs. Doreen works with size 10 to 22 beads, she really enjoys working with the smaller size 22 in order to add extraordinary detail to her creations. She thinks of beading like painting as she manipulates the direction of the bead in order to create three dimensional imagery. Doreen has evolved into an exceptional artist and continues to learn and experiment while she trains her children in traditional First Nations art.



  • Proposal Development
  • Community Development
  • Program Development
  • Event Planning
  • Cultural Content
  • Filmmaking Workshop Facilitation
  • Cultural & Language Preservation
  • Youth Programming